The Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) degree combines professional studies with a minor specialisation, and a choice of subjects from a wide range of School options and University-wide electives.
The degree is designed so that you will develop critical and analytical skills, theoretical knowledge and research expertise to better understand and evaluate your own and others’ work.
Professional strand subjects
In these compulsory subjects you learn through the practice of journalism — gathering and producing news. You will also explore the creative and critical application of these skills in a wide range of scenarios relevant to academic study and the journalism industry.
Learning and teaching in professional strand subjects is focused on gaining experience in project-driven studios that integrate and progressively develop a theoretical, practical, and professional knowledge base.
As you move through the degree you will increasingly direct your own learning and gather and produce news to industry standard with both an academic and industry focus.
In addition to your core journalism subjects, you complete a minor specialisation from one of the following areas:
- Approaches to Popular Culture
- Asian Media and Culture
- Cinema Studies
- Contemporary Politics and Communication
- Literary Studies.
You will also select four subjects from a wide range of school and university electives, depending on your particular career and personal interests.
An overview of the degree’s approach to learning follows:
You will develop foundation skills in news gathering, news writing and production. You will be introduced to the intellectual and scholarly aspects of journalism. You will critically engage with its cultural and historical contexts, and its legal and regulatory systems.
You will learn to research, report, write and produce audio and television news. You also learn the fundamentals of online journalism.
You will work in a multimedia newsroom producing print, online and broadcast journalism in a deadline-driven environment that mirrors industry practice. You will help to produce the degree's newspaper, City Journal, a live television news bulletin, and live radio news. In your final semester, you will undertake an industry-based placement subject and in addition to a capstone subject where you will be able to synthesize and integrate knowledge, connect theory and practice and demonstrate holistic achievement of the degree’s learning outcomes.